Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation for the Orthopedic Therapist

Date: March 3-4, 2018
Tuition: $325
Speaker: Jim Cumming, PT, OCS
Contact hours: 12
Open to: PT, OT

This course will provide therapists who normally work in other areas of physical therapy, including orthopedics, with basic skills necessary to evaluate and treat patients with complaints of dizziness. Treating patients with dizziness can be intimidating, and this beginning level course will provide you with confidence and the "need to know" information to tackle the most common conditions which cause dizziness. In addition, you will learn how skills in orthopedics can enhance care for these individuals. The course will include both lecture and lab, with extensive hands-on practice of skills.

Objectives of the course include:
1. Understand basic vestibular anatomy and physiology and use in the context of evaluation and treatment
2. Understand balance in the context of a systems model, and apply this to patients with a variety of conditions
3. Be able to perform a basic vestibular and balance exam
4. Perform evaluation and treatment techniques for common forms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
5. Screen patients with dizziness, and be able to know when to refer for further medical or therapy evaluation
6. Understand differential diagnosis of the most common forms of dizziness, including cervicogenic dizziness
7. Treat impairments commonly seen in those with dizziness and imbalance, including some treatment concepts for cervicogenic dizziness

Saturday, 3/4: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 30 min lunch, two 15 min breaks
Sunday, 3/5: 8 a.m. to 12 pm, one 15 min break

1. basic anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system (approx 30 min)
2. systems model of balance as framework for both exam and treatment (approx 1 hour)
3. pathophysiology of common conditions which cause dizziness (approx 1.5 hours)
4. examination for patients with dizziness (approx 2 hours)
5. evaluation and treatment of common forms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (approx 3 hours)
6. other treatment techniques/exercise prescription (approx 2 hours)
7. use of orthopedic skills in augmenting treatment of patients with dizziness (approx 2 hours)

Jim Cumming, PT, OCS, is an advanced level physical therapist at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin. Clinically, he treats patients with a wide variety of conditions, including patients with orthopedic ailments, but also complaints of dizziness and headache. He has completed extensive coursework in vestibular rehabilitation, including the Herdman vestibular competency in 2008, as well as advanced vestibular practice. He also led to establish a balance and vestibular program at the Monroe Clinic. He also has experience teaching vestibular rehabilitation in a variety of settings, including clinically, entry level graduate education, as well as continuing education.

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